The voice for Peace Corps in Washington has become louder because now there is a Peace Corps Caucus.
The dictionary definition for caucus is: A group of people who share concerns within a political party or larger organization. The larger organization is the US House of Representatives and the group of people who initiated the Peace Corps Caucus are the five Returned Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in the House of Representatives –
- California Democratic Congressman Sam Farr (Colombia 1964-66)
- California Democratic Congressman Mike Honda (El Salvador 1965-67)
- California Democratic Congressman John Garamendi (Ethiopia 1966-68)
- Wisconsin Republican Congressman Tom Petri (Somalia 1966-67) and
- Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Joe Kennedy (Dominican Republic 2004-06).
Representative Kennedy is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and the grand nephew of both President Kennedy and Sargent Shriver.
The National Peace Corps Association describes in excellent detail the function of the Congressional Peace Corps Caucus; lists the current 83 members of Congress who have joined the Caucus; and urges RPCVs to contact their Representatives about the Caucus. Here is the link to that webpage: PeaceCorpsConnect.org/advocacy/the-peace-corps-caucus/
The link to the National Peace Corps Association entire website can always be found on the Home page of Peace Corps Worldwide on the far left column below the list of blogs.